Actress and singer Barbara Dickson, famous for her roles in shows such as ‘Chess’ and ‘Blood Brothers’, will receive an honorary masters degree at the Grimsby graduation ceremony on 19th July 1999.


Scottish-born Ms Dickson, who lives near Louth, will present awards and prizes to students graduating at the Grimsby Auditorium. She will receive her own award from the university’s Chancellor, Dr Harry Hooper.


The award-winning singer and actress is currently on a British tour of the musical ‘A Slice of Saturday Night’, a classic tale of teenage trials and tribulations, which visits Lincoln’s Theatre Royal (17th to 22nd May) and the New Theatre, Hull (31st May to 5th June).


Barbara Dickson began her career in Edinburgh and had her first hit single ‘Answer Me’ in 1976. ‘The Barbara Dickson Album’ brought with it her first gold disc, and the album ‘All for a Song’ (1982) sold more than 500,000 copies in Britain alone.


1982 brought Willy Russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’ in which Ms Dickson took the leading role, Mrs Robinson. This performance gained her the Best Actress in a Musical West End Theatres Award in 1984.


In 1985 Barbara Dickson starred alongside Elaine Page in the hit musical Chess and the song from the show ‘I Know Him So Well’ became a number one hit.